4.15.2012

Slow Cooker Parmesan Tomato Basil Soup


There's really nothing like a good bowl of soup simmering in the slow cooker, especially when a list of fresh vegetables is involved. Ryan and I really loved this recipe! The flavors are incredible and our house smells amazing from it.

There's also a few ways you can skinny up this soup as well if that tickles your fantsy. You could use skim milk instead of half & half, fake butter instead of real unsalted, and low sodium chicken stock. I served this up with some toasted sesame seed french bread (I love the way the toasted seeds taste). 

Also, instead of slicing up the onion, celery, and carrots into little pieces by knife, I just threw them all in my mini food processor, and them dumped it right into my slow cooker mixture.

This recipe is from Karen (Utah Mama) - she LOVES this soup. When it comes to slow cookers (among many other things), she's the pro, and has plenty of recipes mastered. 365 to be more specific. She made a slow cooker recipe every day of the year - talk about hard core!

On an unrelated note, I've had a few questions lately about what kind of camera I'm using. Many are actually shocked to find out I've been rocking the Kodak C743 EasyShare. For real, man! Whenever I want one of those fancy schmancy cameras you see everywhere, I remind myself of our income, and look over my blog pics. Why spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on a camera with all the crazy settings, when I can just use the camera I already have? Works just fine to me! Someday, though, I think it'd be nice to rock one of those. But for now, it's just me and my little C743 lover.

So happy together (now you have that song in your head).

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Parmesan Tomato Basil Soup 
recipe adapted from Today's Mama

1 28oz can diced tomatoes, with juice
1 cup finely diced celery (we don't usually include celery, but this time we did)
1 cup finely diced carrots
1 cup finely diced onions
1 tsp dried oregano 
1/4 cup fresh basil
4 cups chicken broth
½ bay leaf
½ cup flour
1 cup Parmesan cheese
½ cup butter (or, "I can't believe it's not butter'')
2 cups half and half, warmed (or skim milk if you’re trying to cut some calories)
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper

1.  Add tomatoes, celery, carrots, chicken broth, onions, oregano, basil, and bay leaf to a large slow cooker.
2.  Cover and cook on LOW for 5-7 hours, until flavors are blended and vegetables are soft.
3.  About 30 minutes before serving prepare a roux. Melt butter over low heat in a skillet and add flour. Stir constantly with a whisk for 5-7 minutes (I added in a teeny bit of garlic powder). Slowly stir in 1 cup hot soup. Add another 3 cups and stir until smooth. Add all back into the slow cooker. Stir and add the Parmesan cheese, warmed half and half (we used half whole and half skim milk), salt and pepper.  Add additional basil and oregano if needed.
4.  Cover and cook on LOW for another 30 minutes or so until ready to serve.

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24 comments:

  1. Like I said, you really have an eye for displaying your food and setting up the pictures. No fancy camera can do that for you. And as my photography instructor (from my 1 photography course) says, "Don't buy a new camera if your current one is doing everything you need."

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  2. Mandy, I have also made this soup and it was fantastic! I used fat free half and half and still tasted rich, but I will have to try it with the skim milk. Did you use homemade chicken stock?

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    1. I used half skim and half whole milk, and it was still pretty creamy, but not more than usual. I also just used store-bought chicken bouillon. I've always wanted to learn how to make chicken stock from scratch, though. Do you make yours? Do you have a recipe? Thanks for stopping by Amber, you're the best!

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  3. This looks amazing - I'm going to give the low cal version a try! Thanks for sharing at Beautify It Monday!

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  4. Looks yummy! I love slow cooker recipes, so we'll have to give it a try.

    Erin
    takingtimetocreate.blogspot.com

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    1. For sure! This one won't disappoint. You'll love how easy it is to make such wonderful chicken!

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  5. Wow this looks DELICIOUS. I'll definitely have to try this one out :)

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    1. Please do! It was super tasty. And thanks for stopping by :)

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  6. This looks amazing! Can't wait to try it out and I'm pinning it asap. Megan ~ your newest follower.

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  7. This soup looks really good! Thanks for sharing on Showcase Your Talent Thursday. I hope to see you there next week! I am a new follower!

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    1. You rock, Alyssa! Thanks for stopping by, and hosting!

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  8. Parmesan tomato and basil really seem like the perfect combination! :) Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy! Your creations always make me HUNGRY! :)

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    1. It melted in our mouths - you have every reason to be hungry! Heck, now I'm hungry.

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  9. Thanks for linking up to Showcase Your Talent Thursday, you have been featured http://whatscookinglove.blogspot.com/2012/04/showcase-your-talent-thursday-4.html

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    1. Thanks so much for the feature! I've grabbed your button for my featured page.

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  10. Mmmm looks good. I love soup. I can eat it any time, and cooking it in the slow cooker even makes it better. I am going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. We really loved this soup - it was pretty low maintenance. Thanks for visiting!

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  11. This looks delicious! We loved having you link up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Hope you'll be back soon! -The Sisters

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  12. I am trying this soon it looks very tasty

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    1. Oh man, this soup has been one of our family favorites. Let me know if you try it out :)

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